M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Fallen Idol 

Radar has always looked up to Hawkeye and admired him as his hero. But after suffering a Jeep accident en route to R&R at Hawkeye's behest. Radar questions his own hero worship. Particularly when he and his hero have a falling out.


Alan Alda


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Mike Farrell ... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Harry Morgan ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
David Ogden Stiers ... Maj. Charles Winchester
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Frances Fong Frances Fong ... Rosie
Patricia Stevens ... Lt. Baker, RN
Robin Riker ... Nurse Perry
Larry Gilman Larry Gilman ... G.I. #1
Michael Talbott ... G.I. #2


The indispensable Company Clerk is down in the mouth and finally, art gets to imitate life. Radar's grandmother took one look at Uncle Ed's eyes when he returned from WWI France and she could tell he had been a bad boy: Grandma cried for 3 days. Radar is sure his mother will take one look at him and laugh for a week. Hawkeye has a simple prescription: get a jeep, go to the Pink Pagoda in Seoul and get it done. But, Radar's jeep is hit and Hawkeye feels like Judas. He operates frenetically on Radar and then goes on a drunken tear. An early A.M. breakfast OR session catches Hawkeye off balance and the next day, his patient catches Hawkeye out of his mind. Father is so acrimonious, he is prone to violence. Colonel Potter and Margaret yell at Hawkeye in duet. When Hawkeye tries to apologize to Radar he is given directions on where to go and what to do. Colonel Potter gives Radar some wise counsel. When Hawkeye and Radar finally speak again, conversation is stilted but Hawkeye manages a ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War


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Release Date:

27 September 1977 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the few episodes that "Hawkeye" Pierce gives a sincere salute. See more »


When the unconscious Radar is being examined in pre-op, Col. Potter says, "What the hell was he doing out there in a jeep anyway?" But as commanding officer of the 4077th, Col. Potter would have had to sign Radar's pass to go to Seoul, so Potter would have known exactly why Radar was "out there in a jeep." See more »


Father Mulcahy: [Hawkeye has just lost it with a hospitalized Radar] I just left Radar. Now, Hawkeye, please accept this with the spirit intended. You're under enormous pressure here and I'm... I just want to know one little thing... Have you lost your mind?
Hawkeye: Father, you don't know how sorry I am.
Father Mulcahy: I mean tha - that boy is lying there in a hospital bed with tubes sticking out of body and you... You call him a ninny?
Hawkeye: Father...
Father Mulcahy: I'm incensed! I am outraged! Where is your decency, man? Your humanity? I am acrimonious...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


You Make Me Feel So Young
Music by Josef Myrow
Plays as Radar is delivering mail
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20 July 2008 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

This is one of the best episodes of this series, which for a series that ran for eleven years is saying a lot. Powerful acting coupled with an excellent script makes this episode worthy of special mention. Although a comedy, MASH covers many themes that portray various aspects of the human condition, here the theme being hero worship and what happens when your hero fails and you are forced to confront the reality of the situation, that your hero has imperfections and could even let you down. Oh how smug one can get when they believe that they can rely on someone else to help them out until the time comes when help is needed and the "hero" fails. Okay, it's not comedy, but in this case it's better than comedy because it's dramatic, compelling and real.

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